- Dec 3, 2017
The tweet, along with the move was met with intense backlash on social media, with many pointing out the irony and tone-deafness of trying to sell a looted item and then banning people from that country from potentially buying it with an export ban.A £1.5 million throne finial is at risk of leaving the UKAn export bar has been placed on the Tipu Sultan Throne finial to give time for an organisation or individual to purchase it.
Interested? Contact the Committee’s Secretariat on 0845 300 6200 #TipuSultan #Art pic.twitter.com/Lf6ElSjB1U
— DCMS (@DCMS) November 12, 2021
The finial, made of gold and set with rubies, diamonds and emeralds, is described as a rare example of fully documented 18th century South Indian goldsmiths’ work and its existence was unknown until 2009. Its marble pedestal is unique among the five surviving finials known, and the meaning of its gold inscription is still a mystery.